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Watch SnapStream’s CEO, Rakesh Agrawal, on Bloomberg TV

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Are you curious about the present and future plans of SnapStream? Who better to ask than the CEO and Founder himself!

On Thursday, June 26th, at 9:45am CT, Stephanie Ruhle from Bloomberg TV’s “Market Makers” interviewed SnapStream’s CEO, Rakesh Agrawal. During this interview Rakesh explains how SnapStream technology is able to search anything said on TV – helping out the likes of corporate firms, federal and government agencies and, of course, television shows such as “The Daily Show” and “Last Week Tonight.”

Rakesh also announces the future plans of SnapStream. (Hint: Anyone into social media? We thought so!)

Tune in! (Run Time: 7 minutes)

Monitoring TV channels with PEG Funds

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Recently, I attended the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) conference in College Station, TX. There was one session that really grabbed my attention, it was the session amazingly named: “Better than beer money! 101 ways to spend your PEG funds.” Based on the reaction and conversation that I heard regarding this session, I knew that this was one that I definitely wanted to attend!

What are PEG Funds?

PEG funds are simply funds that are provided to a local government to help support their public access channel(s). These funds can be easily applied to capital expenditures for the channel, for items such as cameras, lights, audio equipment and so forth. The main stipulation for the use of the funds is that they have to be used for broadcasting and running the channel. So, what other projects could these funds be used for? SnapStream?

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Cultivating a proactive approach to TV monitoring in Canadian government

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Since SnapStream is headed to Ottawa for GTEC next week, let’s take a look at how government agencies can operate proactively when it comes to media relations.

In the spirit of parliamentary democracy, the Government of Canada recognizes the importance of journalists in providing the public with news and information, according to its Communications Policy. Therefore, all institutions are required to:

  • Cultivate proactive relations with the media.
  • Operate and respond effectively in a 24-hour media environment.
  • Reach and inform the media on issues of importance to decision-makers and the public, even on short notice.

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Five Years of Government Video Expo

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Five dollar footlongs, five golden rings and five years of Government Video Expo. Five is indeed a prime number. SnapStream is entering its fifth season of showcasing its TV search technology at GV Expo, the East Coast’s largest pro video and broadcast expo. Will you be there?

If so, be sure to come and find us! This year, we’re smack dab in the middle of all the techie action at booth #523. Exhibits run November 30 and December 1 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in none other than Washington, D.C.

In the context of federal government, SnapStream fits the bill for a variety of purposes, like TV monitoring intelligence and political campaign tracking. At the local level, public information officers leverage SnapStream’s TV search and clipping technology to chronicle their media content. In turn, SnapStream supplies a huge workflow boost, expediting media responsiveness while eliminating the chore of manually scanning recorded broadcasts.

Get in touch if you’d like to schedule a demo with us during GV Expo.

TV Monitoring Technology for Government #GTEC 2011

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Lots of folks have conspiracy theories about the government, that the government is Big Brother; the government is always watching. Well, I’m here to tell you that government surveillance is a real thing, in one aspect that I know for sure, and that is television monitoring. I can say this with the utmost certainty because SnapStream is in use at hundreds of government organizations throughout the United States, Canada and beyond.

Today, our team is on the ground at GTEC, Canada’s largest government technology exposition. It’s our second year showcasing TV Search at this event thanks to our partner, CBCI Telecom, for prompting us to make it a yearly ritual. At the brand new Ottawa Convention Centre, the government’s IT community will congregate to see the hottest spread of tech offerings, looking for ways to improve operational efficiency while justifying the budget spend, no doubt.

In these aspects, SnapStream is attractive for many public affairs and public information departments who have a vested interest in monitoring televised media on their own terms. Politicians and political parties, too, are a great fit for SnapStream. With SnapStream, you are the keeper of your TV recordings—you have the power to search, clip, archive and transcode your content.

After attending GV Expo last year, I learned that having in-house control over this process is key for government authorities, who need to respond to media requests, dispatch information and maintain an archival of all their press appearances, mentions and activities.

If you’re at GTEC Oct. 18 and 19, come visit SnapStream at booth 123 for a demonstration. The first time you see a TV search in action, you’ll be amazed at how familiar it feels, just like searching the Web. It’s that snappy and easy.

Searchable State of the Union 2011

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Did you set your DVR last night? At SnapStream, we made sure to. (If you tuned in live, kudos to you. 26.1 million others did too.)

“Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans.”

President Obama commenced his second State of the Union speech, addressing the congregation in the rich oral tradition of his predecessors.

The President spoke for just over an hour, in what commentators considered broad strokes, focusing on the nation’s bright future with optimism instead of renegotiating issues of recent years past.

Here, let’s pull up the recording. And grab the transcript to download in seconds.

Now, you could also search by keyword, to skip to the topics which interest you. Perhaps it’s healthcare that gets your blood pumping, or job creation that perks your ears up.

For now, we’ll take a look at the overall themes by copying and pasting the televised transcript (courtesy of SnapStream) into a word-cloud creator called Wordle.

Note: While the State of the Union address is easily accessible to the public all over the Internet, this is not the case for the majority of broadcast content, which is where SnapStream comes into play. For our intents, this is a timestamped example.

[Applause] occurred frequently throughout the speech. There was no booing last night across the partisan aisle. One could infer that Democrat, Republican and Tea Party members stood united after the recent Tuscon tragedy involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, among others.

To leave you with something further, the American Presidency Project has a unique historical resource to explore. It lists the length of every State of the Union Message and Address, by word count, dating back to George Washington in 1790.

Visit SnapStream’s government page.

Chatting with Digital Production Buzz

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Dear @DPBuzz, it was great meeting you at GV Expo 2010. Thanks for stopping by SnapStream’s booth to learn more about our television search technology.

Now all of our blog followers can tune into the chat with Tom Wilson to better understand our application. Bet you didn’t know that we have some cool, bigwig government customers like the Library of Congress and U.S. Senate.

For more coverage of the Government Video Expo, visit digitalproductionbuzz.com

Tis the Season for Government Video Expo

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Every year after the Thanksgiving turkey has been gobbled, I know one thing is for sure. Team SnapStream is bound for the nation’s capital to partake in the expansive Government Video Expo. This year, the event runs December 1 – 2 and will mark our fourth trip to what is known as the largest video production and training event to grace the east coast.

I love traveling to Washington, DC since it’s the thriving epicenter of our government customer base, which includes the U.S. Senate, the Library of Congress and lots of federal organizations under lock and key.  Yet it’s important to note that the applications for TV search are boundless between city, state and federal government, and we have customers across the map with systems ranging in power to meet all levels. The gathering at GV Expo is largely federal, so we will be demonstrating our more powerful systems that can record and archive greater amounts of television over time.

I personally invite all of you “TV Searchers” to our booth (427) to be among the first to test our next generation of TV search technology, which will be fully released in the first half of 2011. I look forward to seeing many of your familiar faces at GV Expo, and happy holidays to all!


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